Posted on Jan 4, 2015
Sgt Adam Jennings
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Does anyone else stay on edge when shooting with civilians at a range or out in a pasture? I just don't trust a lot of them with gun safety. Too often I see 1 or more of the safety rules violated. Either the weapon not being treated as though it were loaded, or people being flagged comstantly (which makes me want to break their arm off and shove it up their...), weapons not on safe, etc. I can't be the only veteran out here that gets a little paranoid while shooting aroind civilians.
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PO3 John Jeter
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I'm that way with everyone I shoot with, both civilians and veterans. Everyone, including me, is subject to a brain fart now & then. Stay paranoid, but not so paranoid it takes the fun out of it.
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MSG Brad Sand
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Civilians? How about anyone paranoid when shooting? I have seen just as much dangerous craziness within the ranks as I have outside. A CSM trying to see if he can take off his own thumb by improperly holding a pistol...because he was really old school and had learned to fire handguns with revolvers...I am assuming? A Wisconsin National Guards man doing live fire lanes training and drifting out of his lane into another person...mine...not cool. A tired soldier resting his head on the barrel of his M-60 while riding in the back of deuce and a half and for getting to clear the weapon...that one was lucky because it was blanks and his eye were closed.

Just like the most deadly tool in our Nation, the automobile, you don't only need to be concerned with what you are doing, but you need to be watching out for every other idiot out there.
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LTC Paul Labrador
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It depends on the civilians question. I feel a bit paranoid in the first place at ranges where there is not a safety officer present on the range when it's hot. How the civilians in question handle themselves usually will determine my level of comfort. If it's obvious that they are former military, law enforcement or otherwise act like they know how to handle a firearm safely and know range safety rules, I'm not as disturbed. But I've also been out on the range when it's obvious that the folks next to me have no prior training or experience. that's when I really start to worry.
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SSG Paul Headlee
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We have a county-owned range near my home. Its free and that's both a blessing and a curse, lol. I've helped people. I've yelled at others. I've sometimes just packed up and gone home to wait for another day.
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